Poster: #42WHC

Bahrain hosted the 42nd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee from June 24 to July 4, 2018, in capital city Manama. Hashtag: #42whc

The event is notable for its adoption of new world heritage sites as well as the potential for delisting sites that are not fulfilling their commitments.

In 2018 there are 29 nominations – 5 natural, 3 mixed and 21 cultural.

As the sessions come to a close, this preview will transition toward more of a recap. Suggestions are welcome as the page is edited during and after the event.

Planeta Challenge
Be kind and generous to others. Curated coverage from is only as good as what others post that we can like, embed, fave and retweet about. Fave tweets, for example, are featured in this Twitter moment. If you are attending the conference, bonus points if you can take and share photos and videos of information tables, side-events and corridor chats.

Livestreaming Video (10am-6pm ish, Bahrain)

Key Links

Nominations to be examined
World Heritage Committee’s 42nd session to be hosted by Bahrain

Archived Videos
Day 3

PDF Downloads
General information

Provisional Agenda of the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee
(Manama, 2018)

Local Site

Questions for the organizers and participants

Technical questions

  • Does the public have access to what’s on the screen? Slides, edited word document, announcements?
  • What is the difference between and
  • Will press conferences be streamed online and if so, will they accept questions from remote participants?
  • On Flickr, can the organizers change some of the “All Rights Reserved” licenses to a Creative Commons attribution-sharealike? We and other websites would like to legally use or embed these pics.
  • Do videos have transcripts or captions?
  • Can we access or create transcripts?
  • Are there shared Google docs?
  • Is there a Twitter list of registered participants, sponsors or superfans?

Questions for the participants

  • How does this meeting compare to similar events?
  • Are you touring or exploring the host country during your visit?

Questions for UNESCO

Questions for the IUCN

  • Is there overlap in these discussions and travel and tourism in protected areas? Are members of TAPAS contributing to or following  the meeting?



Developing features
Galápagos Islands
Iguaçu National Park
Island of Mozambique
Kathmandu Valley
Western Caucasus

42 WHC List

42 WHC Moment

During the World Heritage Committee session, the Committee reviews the state of conservation of World Heritage sites, inscribes new sites on the World Heritage List, and attends to other matters involved in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

The 21 States Parties of the current World Heritage Committee are the following:

AngolaAustraliaAzerbaijanBahrainBosnia and HerzegovinaBrazilBurkina FasoChinaCubaGuatemalaHungaryIndonesiaKuwaitKyrgyzstanNorwaySaint Kitts and NevisSpainTunisiaUgandaUnited Republic of TanzaniaZimbabwe

The Chair of the Committee, Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, is an international lawyer who served as Bahrain’s first female ambassador when she became Ambassador to France (1999 to 2004) and was the third woman to preside at the UN General Assembly. The Rapporteur is Anna E. Zeichner of Hungary. Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, Spain and Zimbabwe were elected as Vice-Chairs of the Committee.

Host Country: Newly elected member of the World Heritage Committee, Bahrain, hosts the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee.

Reforming UNESCO’s World Heritage – Mats Djurberg and Tora Aasland

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